I was driving down the street and noticed some activity taking place off to my right. What appeared to be Christmas decorations were being installed by the city. The closer I got to the intersection, I noticed that the wording on the sign read, Happy Holidays!
I understand the need for diversity. I even understand the importance of social relevance. What I do not understand is why there isn’t parity in America in terms of equal opportunity for Christianity as a religion.
“What?” you say. “What are you talking about?”
I’m talking about an article in the Christian Post in on June 24th, 2013 which stated, “It’s illegal for Christians to pray in public school, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. But in Michigan, Muslims are being given special prayer privileges by school administrators, raising questions as about due process, equal protection, and freedom of speech for followers of the faith of America’s Founding Fathers.”
I’m talking about a school in Boston reportedly had a Muslim poem recital over the intercom instead of the Pledge of Allegiance on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
I’m talking about a NBC news report on NBC News.com on January 31st, 2013, and I quote, “According to The Washington Post, about 10 Muslim students at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md., leave class for about eight minutes every day to pray. They are part of the school’s Muslim Students’ Association, Principal Cheryl J. Logan told the Post, adding that another student is hoping to raise his grades so he can join the others.”
I’m talking about the seemingly unfair practices where Christianity is concerned. Is it my imagination that Christianity is being discriminated against in the public school system? By the government?
Am I just imagining it?
First of all, I am an American. I believe in our constitution. I also believe that the first amendment of the constitution grants equality to all religious freedoms. Don’t take me wrong in what I am about to say. I am a practicing Christian and I will always remain one.
As an American, I would fully defend the right of anyone who had the desire to worship a 1/4” wing nut if they so desired. Would I be attempting to deliver the gospel of Jesus to this person if I had access to them? Of course! However, I would still defend their right under the U.S. Constitution to worship as they please if they refused to act on the gospel of Jesus.
Here’s the rub. It appears that the United States government at the national, state, and local levels are running scared and being desirous of following “Political Correctness” out of fear of being considered a cultural bigot. I leave room for being wrong but I do not see any other reason for this post-modern behavior.
Here is my opinion – how I really feel about it. Christmas is Christmas. It is a holiday. Christmas is not just a holiday, it is the birth of Christianity’s Savior, the living Son of God. For Christians, it is one of the most significant of our religious holidays. We want it recognized as Christmas not just a happy holiday. When I see Happy Holidays rather than Merry Christmas, I need a plausible reason. I have not heard a truly plausible reason, have you?
I don’t condone bigotry or cultural bias. I am a non-racist and happy that I am. I am not approaching this question from any prejudices. I am simply stating my opinion regarding the rightness of it.
This is a different type of blog post from my regular fare. It’s intentional and directional. It was time for a change!
QUESTION: Do you have an opinion on the above rant?